SCIENCE: Solar Eclipse, Comets, The Great Robot Race

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Space Weather News for March 28, 2006 Parts of Brazil, Africa, Turkey, central Asia and Mongolia: These are places where people can see a total eclipse of the sun on Wednesday, March 29th. A partial eclipse will be visible over a much wider area, including all of Europe. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station will have the rarest view of all. The station is due to pass over Turkey while the eclipse is in progress there, giving astronauts a magnificent view?not of the sun, but of the moon's cool shadow. Visit for full coverage, including an animated eclipse map, links to live webcasts, and a simulated view from the International Space Station.

NASA Science News for March 24, 2006
A cometary "string-of-pearls" will fly past Earth in May 2006 giving
astronomers a fantastic view of a comet in its death throes.

NOVA: "The Great Robot Race" Broadcast: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.) Join NOVA for an exclusive backstage pass to the DARPA Grand Challenge--a raucous race for robotic, driverless vehicles sponsored by the Pentagon, which awards a $2 million purse to the winning team. Armed with artificial intelligence, laser-guided vision, GPS navigation, and 3-D mapping systems, the contenders are some of the world's most advanced robots. Yet even their formidable technology and mechanical prowess may not be enough to overcome the grueling 130-mile course through Nevada's desert terrain. From concept to construction to the final competition, "The Great Robot Race" delivers the absorbing inside story of clever engineers and their unyielding drive to create a champion, capturing the only aerial footage that exists of the Grand Challenge. Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site: PROFILES & INTERVIEW - Meet the Teams Watch video clips and learn more about "Sandstorm," "Ghostrider," and 10 other racing robots. - Cars That Drive Themselves In a lively interview, Stanford's Sebastian Thrun shares his excitement about real-world applications for autonomous vehicles. VIDEO & SLIDE SHOW

     Watch the Program
     The hour-long program will be available to view online starting
     on March 29.

     Video Extras
     See a wild and bumpy Grand Challenge practice run in the Mojave,
     find out how the motorcycle robot balances itself, and more.

     What Robots See
     In this slide show, look out through the "eyes" of
     computer-driven vehicles.

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